By Kate Irwin
A Radium man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of 31-year-old house painter Cory Jarock, who was found unresponsive in a driveway in Invermere on April 3rd.
Brian Thomas Panebianco, 23, a former Radium Hot Springs resident, was arrested on Thursday, July 19th, in Radium and charged with two counts of assault, one count of robbery and three counts of breach of recognizance (of bail) in relation to Mr. Jarock’s death, the RCMP stated.
Mr. Panebianco was also arrested on two other outstanding warrants unrelated to the Jarock investigation, said Corporal Dan Moskaluk, RCMP spokesperson.
“The RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit has been actively investigating Cory Jarock’s death from the date of report of the death up until now,” he added. “What we can say is that we have an arrest at this time and the investigation is ongoing.”
The RCMP has still not released details on the cause of the sudden passing of Mr. Jarock, despite the completion of a forensic autopsy. He died in unknown circumstances after leaving a house party on 5th Avenue, Invermere, on the night of Monday, April 2nd.
The Invermere painter, who lived in the area for 17 years, was found the following morning in the driveway by the property’s residents. Interviews have been completed with all those present at the home that night, Corporal Moskaluk confirmed, and a forensic examination of the scene took place in the initial days of the investigation.
“There is no set timetable for how any investigation advances or unfolds,” Cpl. Moskaluk said. “At times the nature of the investigation does not require or have a purpose for outright updates, in fact at times dependent on what the investigators are doing, the lull in media attention is beneficial to both investigators and the community.”
Mr. Panebianco received a Judicial Justice of the Peace bail hearing on July 20th and was remanded in custody until July 25th, when he appeared before Invermere Provincial Court on two counts of possession of a controlled substance, plus the one robbery, two assault and three breach of recognizance federal charges. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 11th in Golden.